Zabit Magomedsharipov

Russia

Bout rescheduled
FeatherweightUFC
September 16, 2019
Magomedsharipov will face Calvin Kattar on November 9 in Moscow, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
The bout was originally scheduled for Oct. 18 in Boston, but Magomedsharipov withdrew for an undisclosed reason. This will go from a tough crowd in Boston, to a home fight for the Russian, which will clearly favor Magomedsharipov. The Russian will be looking to extend his UFC winning streak to six when he takes on a worthy opponent in Kattar.
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Pulls out of UFC Boston
FeatherweightUFC
September 13, 2019
Magomedsharipov withdrew Friday from the co-main event against Calvin Kattar at UFC Boston on Oct. 18, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
The reasoning for Magomedsharipov's withdrawal are unclear at this time, but with the fight scheduled to take place a month from now, it looks like it will be scrapped from the Boston card and rebooked for a future event. Magomedsharipov would have been looking to extend his UFC winning streak to six fights.
Booked for UFC Boston
FeatherweightUFC
August 6, 2019
Magomedsharipov will take on Calvin Kattar in a featherweight matchup in the co-main event at UFC Boston in October, Nolan King of MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Magomedsharipov has seen his UFC stock rise after quickly rattling off five straight wins since debuting. His opponent in this upcoming fight, Kattar, is a New England native, so it is a figurative road-game for the 28-year-old. It's taken Zabit quite a while to find another fight after he convincingly defeated respected contender Jeremy Stephens in March, as he's one of the top prospects the division has to offer. While he doesn't land at the same striking pace at his opponent, the numbers suggest he is far superior defensively on the feet. He'll also hold a major edge in grappling, averaging 6.23 takedowns per 15 minutes of fight time. Kattar has a more-than-respectable 80 percent takedown defense, but he has yet to face an opponent with the same level of wrestling as Zabit. Look for the winner here to end up next in line after Alexander Volanovski for the next shot at Max Holloway's belt.
Decisions Jeremy Stephens in biggest test to date
FeatherweightUFC
March 2, 2019
Magomedsharipov defeated Jeremy Stephens via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC 235 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It was another brilliant technical performance from Zabit. Knowing he had a massive height advantage over Stephens, Magomedsharipov kept switching stances in order to limit Jeremy's ability to get inside against him, and it worked. Zabit ate a bit too many strikes in the final stages of the bout, but he had already wrapped up the victory by then. In addition to being a highly innovative striker, Zabit is a terrific wrestler and has an excellent chin. In other words, it seems likely that the only way to beat him is with a one-punch knockout. It will happen eventually because everyone in this sport gets beat sooner or later, but Zabit's ceiling is that of a world champion.
Tabbed to face Stephens at UFC 235
FeatherweightUFC
December 18, 2018
Magomedsharipov will take on Jeremy Stephens at UFC 235 in Las Vegas on Mar. 2, Damon Martin of MMA Weekly reports.
ANALYSIS
The Russian is an undefeated 4-0 in the UFC promotion, but he faces a tough test in Stephens. The American has extensive experience against some of the top fighters in the weight class, and he also won three of his past four fights. However, Magomedsharipov does have a four-inch height advantage over his opponent, and is also riding a hot streak of his own after submitting three of his past four opponents.
Becomes the second man to score a back-mount kneebar at UFC 228
FeatherweightUFC
September 8, 2018
Magomedsharipov defeated Brandon Davis via submission (kneebar) at 3:46 of Round 2 at UFC 228 on Saturday in Dallas.
ANALYSIS
Earlier in the night, Aljamain Sterling picked up the second kneebar from back mount in UFC history. On the main card, Magomedshairpov picked up the third. After a sleepy first round, Magomedsharipov went to his wrestling. He went for several takedowns, but Davis continually escaped. However, towards the end of the round, Magomedsharipov took the back and locked on the back mount kneebar. He might have suffered from high expectations in this fight, but he continued to win inside the Octagon.